India Nagpur | Friday, Dec 19 2008 IST
As many seven debt-ridden farmers committed suicide in the last 72 hours in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, activists said today.
According to Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti (VJAS), a voluntary organisation working among farmers in the region, the farmers who ended their lives included two from Amravati district and one each from Wardha, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldhana and Chandrapur districts.
The state government's official figure of suicides in the six worst affected districts was 1,269, VJAS press release said. The government's figure for suicides in the last 5 years was 5,157, it said.
VJAS has demanded that the recommendations of the committee headed by Pune University Vice Chancellor Dr Narendra Jadhav should be implemented forthwith to provide succour to farmers in Vidarbha. The recommendations included loan waiver of Rs 50,000 across the board for all farmers in the region, it added.
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